Smith made in his early years, especially as a songwriter a name, wrote and composed many tracks for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Christina Milian, Faith Evans, Game, 50 Cent and Jamie Foxx. In 2003 he signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, but singer and record company quickly recognized musical differences. In 2003, the label parted again from Smith. Then he met the music producer LA Reid know who gave him a new contract with his major label Def Jam Records. There he adopted the stage name Ne -Yo. Around the same time he helped the singer with Mario Let Me Love You a worldwide number -one hit.
Published in 2005, Ne-Yo 's debut single Stay, which, however, only in the U.S. R & B charts had success. Only with the follow-up single, the number one ballad So Sick, his international breakthrough. In February 2006, Ne -yo debut album was released In My Own Words, which was subsequently awarded in the United States multi-platinum. Then was heard among other things both Ghostface Killahs Single Back Like That and on the remix to Busta Rhymes ' Touch It Ne -Yo. For published in 2006 albums from Rihanna and Beyoncé, he also contributed the subsequent extractions Unfaithful and Irreplaceable.
Beginning of 2007 ended the singer the record his album Because of You, which was released in May 2007 in the United States and placed directly on number one on the Billboard charts. From the plate four singles were released, of which, however, only the lead single, Because of You which reached Top 20. In addition, could also be heard on the new releases from Sarah Connor and rapper Fabolous Ne -Yo.
In autumn 2008 appeared Ne - Yos third album Year of the Gentleman, which surpassed the success of the first two. The advance single from the Closer was his second number -one hit in the UK charts and his first Top Ten hit in the German and Austrian single charts.
In September 2009, in Japan, he published his first best-of album, which also includes a track with Japanese singer Hikaru Utada. In the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog Ne-Yo wrote the song Never Knew I Needed, which was recorded in the German version as a duet with Cassandra Steen.
On 29 October 2010 his fourth studio album, Libra Scale, from which the single Beautiful Monster was coupled out in June, which reached number 53 on the U.S. charts appeared. On August 27th, the song was released on the Internet and on CD.
As the first single from his fifth album R.E.D. published Ne -Yo Let Me Love You ( Until You Learn to Love Yourself ). This single was produced mainly by the production team Stargate, but also in collaboration with Jan Vollers. The album was released in Germany on November 2, 2012.
Ne -Yo is in a relationship with Monyetta Shaw, which collectively has two children with him. Ne -yo first child Madilyn was born in November 2010. His second child, Mason came in October 2011 to the world.